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Oelrichs in Fall River County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Oelrichs

A South Dakota Centennial Project

 
 
Oelrichs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 7, 2015
1. Oelrichs Marker
Inscription. The Town of Oelrichs, Dakota Territory, began in 1885. Harry Oelrichs (1856-1902) of New York came in 1882 and bought out several large cattle ranches, totaling 35,000 head of cattle, for the Anglo-American Cattle Company. At this time, thousands of Texas Longhorn cattle roamed freely throughout the area.
In 1885 the Fremont, Elkhorn and Missouri Valley Railroad was completed through town. In the same year Harry Oelrichs established his headquarters east of the railroad tracks, which was formerly the Tan Ranch. He brought culture to the town, and many social activities took place. Celebrities frequently visited. Ill health forced him to return to New York in 1887. The town boasted over 2,000 people at this time. In 1887 an abattoir was built near the railroad tracks. Cattle and hogs were slaughtered daily and shipped to eastern markets. The abattoir closed in 1889. The settlers began fencing their claims, closing the open range and forcing the larger ranches out. Oelrichs became a farming and ranching community and remains that today.
In the proud and independent spirit of today's people and in the steadfast spirit of our ancestors, we dedicate this plaque for future generations.
 
Erected 1989.
 
Location. 43° 10.872′ 
Oelrichs Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, September 7, 2015
2. Oelrichs Marker
N, 103° 14.268′ W. Marker is in Oelrichs, South Dakota, in Fall River County. Marker is at the intersection of Ash Street (U.S. 385) and West 6th Street, on the left when traveling north on Ash Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 601 Ash Street, Oelrichs SD 57763, United States of America.
 
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 190 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 8, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.
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